New project to help Southlanders

New project to help Southlanders

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 14:32 06/09/2013
Southland Times photo
ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ
Awarua Synergy has the contact for the new Government Insulation project in Southland. Pictured at their depot in Invercargill are, from left, assessor Emil Rahiti (in black), with installers James Ratema (orange) and Adam Morrison loading the novatherm into their van.

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The government has announced a new project offering free insulation in Southland for people with a high health risk.

The Southland Warm Homes Trust project to insulate about 340 Southland homes by July next year is part of the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) general manager Robert Linterman said the project was aimed at people with a community services card at high health risk from conditions relating to cold, damp housing.

Organisations in Southland had raised about $406,000 to go towards the project and EECA contributed $600,000, he said.

''Warmer, drier homes reduce the health risks caused by cold, damp housing such as respiratory illnesses.'' 

The Southland Warm Homes Trust, which was set up to improve housing in the region, will focus on low-income families with high health needs including Maori and pacific families.

Trust spokesperson Neil Boniface said the project would coordinate with health and social services, which would refer people with health conditions likely to benefit from insulation.

Landlords, with tenants who qualify for free insulation, would be asked to make a small contribution, he said.

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